Namma Metro: Commercial operation of Bengaluru’s yellow metro line further delayed; Here’s the reason

Bengaluru’s Yellow Metro line: Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), which is currently expanding its network in the capital Bengaluru, is expecting a delay in starting commercial operations of the RV Road-Bommasandra Metro Yellow Line, reports ‘DH’.

Bengaluru's yellow metro line further delayed

Bengaluru, Dec 14: Initially slated to start commercial operations of RV Road-Bommasandra Metro Yellow Line by February 2024, the inauguration of our Metro’s Yellow Line connecting Electronics City to various parts of South Bengaluru is facing setbacks due to delays in delivery of Metro coaches from China. Although visas have been issued to Chinese Metro Bogie Supply Company staff from India, there are fears that the Yellow Line may experience a delay of four to five months.

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BMRCL revealed that the prototype trains of the Yellow Line will arrive in Bangalore from China on Thursday. However, in the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, there are doubts about starting commercial services on this route till February.

BL Yashwant Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL, said that the approval for the trial test is pending and it will take about three months to get the approval for the trial test of the yellow line after getting the metro coaches from China.

The expected trial run, initially scheduled for February, is expected to happen three months after the arrival of the metro rail, with additional delays due to technical inspection, signaling, and implementation of the model code of conduct for Lok Sabha elections. As a result, the yellow line may open for passengers after the general elections.

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The 19.15-km yellow line connecting RV Road to Bommasandra via Silk Board Junction and Electronics City is of critical importance, with construction works currently 99.7% complete.

As part of an agreement with Chinese state-owned company CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Co Ltd, BMRCL had decided to receive 36 train sets of a total of 216 coaches in 2020. However, due to failure to find a manufacturing plant and due to the lockdown, the Chinese company could not supply the coaches on time. Now, an agreement has been signed with Bengal-based Titagar Wagons Limited to manufacture 204 coaches to address the delay in metro coach supply.

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The model trains from China are ready for shipment and will undergo comprehensive testing after reaching Bangalore. The process involves resolving any issues that may arise during testing, ensuring proper interfacing between the transit and signaling, and correcting issues before undergoing statutory safety inspections. Chinese engineers are expected to arrive soon to provide skills training in train assembly and testing. Once these processes are completed, Metro trains are scheduled to run on RV Road Bommasandra Yellow Line.

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